The family of a Gold Coast vet, who was onboard a live export ship that capsized in the south China sea, has pleaded for authorities to continue their search.
25-year-old Lukas Orda was one of the two Australians on board Gulf Livestock 1 that was transporting almost 6,000 cattle, when it was hit by a typhoon last week.
40 people are still missing – including Lukas and Sydney man William Mainprize.
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Lukas is newly married with a six-month-old baby, and until recently had worked for Gold Coast Equine Clinic.
Search authorities announced they were calling off a large scale search for the vessel this week, but Lukas’ family believes that he could still be alive.
The family has started an online petition to the Australian and Japanese governments, which has already reached over 20,000 signatures.